Through our discussions over Twitter, and Google-Docs, it became apparent that both of us Shawn (@sram_socrates) and Kelly (@kellypower) are passionate about Math/Science related thinking’s and share the same challenging views about sitting down to draft and write actual text. So the development of this blog-post which evolved into more of a storyboard with pictures, met both of our personal needs as learners. And… it came together over about a week of back and forth conversations using a Google Doc, ultimately leading to even more experiential learning. Yet another display of reciprocal teaching where we ended up “saving each other” and building a collaborative relationship through the development of a blog post.
Thanks to the power of Twitter and networking, a single tweet based on a posting of a “daily pic” quickly emerged into the sharing of ideas and ultimately a blogpost. It went something like this in a matter of minutes:
By engaging in conversations over Twitter, the sharing of ideas and the sharing of posts, one can quickly see that even though you may work miles apart in different provinces, and in different roles, you may share similar passions, backgrounds and struggles related to your chosen work with children and adults. We are both educators, both with a background in the Sciences, are passionate about students and education, understand and believe in team work, will point out the utmost importance of relationships and both believe in the value of recognizing and admitting to a colleague “You Saved Me”.
Saving someone does not have to mean that you have prevented them from some dire consequence (or earwig) or ensured their personal well being, although if you have done this for a colleague, you deserve a whole different level of “You Saved Me”. What we are talking about is this: Has there ever been time when a colleague has helped you? When you could really say “My colleague saved me?” , was there ever a time when you should have relied on the help of a colleague, but instead, decided to “go it alone”? But most importantly, were you able to admit that you needed the help in the first place?
Many times we try to “go it alone”. Some may think that asking for help demonstrates a weakness of sorts. Whereas, we believe that asking for help demonstrates a greater sense of character by admitting that there are areas we need to grow in and that we are willing to ask and learn from those that are willing to help us. We can also both say that asking a colleague for assistance requires admitting that we are vulnerable.
In reflecting on moments which led to our embrace of Twitter, a pivotal moment may have been when we felt courageous enough to tweet a question asking for assistance, a moment where we “needed to be saved”:
And, as many of us have found out, we were not disappointed. The connections we have made through twitter and our PLN’s provided many suggestions and tips, ensuring that we were provided with accurate and appropriate information. This experience resulted in an increased feeling of comfort with asking questions, which correlated to a decrease in our feelings of vulnerability. We are also quite amazed at the amount of saving that we witness on a daily basis between members of our PLN, which also preemptively answered questions that we may have had.
But in all this saving, that we witness on a daily basis, we feel it is important, well actually that it is crucial, to maintain the collaborative relationship involved in effective teamwork through the proper acknowledgment of thanks.
In the interest of saving time, and server space, we apologize that we did not list all of the tweeps that we may have thanked or those we have witnessed being thanked. There are way too many to mention!
Whether it is covering for a staff during a class, helping with paper work clarification, facilitating tech learning or killing a bug… let’s hope our “busyness” doesn’t get in the way of what it truly means to be a member of a collaborative environment.
We as educators understand and accept that teaching, assisting and helping individuals (generally our students) can be a thankless job. However, we (@kellypower and @sram_socrates) can state with certainty that for many of us, the biggest and best compliment given to an educator or person for that matter is Thank You, You made a difference.
So from two educators, tweeters, bloggers, those willing to save and those occasionally needing to be saved, to all those that we know: